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Mr. Portugal

Marc Portugal

Director of Marketing, Bortz Group of Companies

Marc Portugal is an experiential marketing professional with twelve years of accomplishments in launching brands and associated experiential marketing programs - including events, sponsorships, partnerships, and more - with a keen focus on the mindspace, feelings and rituals of consumers. Whether it's an e-mail campaign or a fashion show; a guerilla campaign or a fundraiser - Marc firmly believes in the "4th" dimension of experiential marketing. He addresses mind, body, spirit AND community when implementing marketing programs. Marc practices "experiential empathy" every step of the way - deeply focused on and concerned about the genuineness and consistency of audience feelings and relationships - not merely demographics, statistics, or out-dated traditions. In 1998, after several internships and completion of undergraduate studies, Marc began at KBA Marketing where he activated brand sponsorships and events across the country for various clients. Turning both conventional and unorthodox venue spaces into lifestyle lounges, sampling stations, fashion shows and concerts, Marc delivered the promise of the clients' brands and aided in renewed AOR status. Marc's most notable achievement includes the brand launch of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and the N9NE Group venues it houses. As founding Marketing Director, Marc first brought the Palms and N9NE Group to life in the backyard of the famed Playboy Mansion - giving key influencers a sneak peak of what was to come. Upon opening, Marc founded ground-breaking marketing partnerships with Playboy, MTV, Red Bull, and other brands that helped elevate the Palms to the status of Boutique Casino Resort, and arguably reinvented standards for lifestyle branding and nightlife-driven entertainment nationwide. Currently, Marc resides in Chicago and consults for the Bortz Group of Companies - a lifestyle and entertainment development firm specializing in the branding, marketing, and operation of salon/spas, nightclubs, sports leagues, and associated experiential integrations of sponsor and partner brands including but not limited to AVEDA, Belvedere Moet-Hennessy, Miller-Coors Brewing, Opt-It, and others. Marc specifically applies experiential strategies to the electronic and online spaces to effectively and affordably retain consumers across multiple profiles and brands. In his spare time, Marc volunteers for PAWS: Chicago-'s largest no-kill animal shelter, and turns to his favorite Martin guitar - aspiring to move beyond a self-described "novice grunge" level. He focuses overwhelming attention and emotion on the love of his life - an 80-lb Rottweiler named Princess Leia.

Mr. Portugal can be contacted at 312-850-8186 or marcportugal@yahoo.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.